Next Scheduled Meeting:

Friday, April 12, 6:30 - 7:45 P.M. / room available at 5:30 P.M.

Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave.

(See Upcoming Events for details.)

RB - TTL Test Site

A few of you have figured out what Mike, Ryan, and myself have been up to recently. Here's the scoop for everyone else...

About 10 miles north of Manhattan is a boot and western wear store. It used to be called RB Outpost, but now it's just The Outpost. It's owned and operated by the Buchanan family and I've known them for many years. With their permission I have installed an antenna mast there, and will be conducting many various experiments in the coming months & years. Everyone is welcome to join in on the testing and learning. It's a great site -- middle of Riley County and pretty high up and easy to access. Based on elevations from Google Earth, the ground elevation there is about 66' higher than the ground elevation at the current MAARS repeater. Of course, the MAARS repeater is much higher up the tower than my antennas will ever be.

The mast I'm using is the 33' tilt-over from Myron Calhoun, which makes changing antennas easy, which is good because I have a lot of antenna changes planned. The antenna currently in use is about 45' high.

For the moment I'm referring to it as the RB-TTL site: RB for the old store name RB Outpost and TTL for "Test, Tune, Learn". The most important thing I can say about this site is that it should never be considered as infrastructure. By that I mean this: don't rely on it. It's not there to be a primary or a backup of anything. It's there to learn and nothing more.

I'm documenting the configurations and tests at When I make updates there I'll send an email to this list. Everyone is welcome to check that site out for the current configuration, to test the current configuration, and to email me reports at

The current configuration is a VHF/UHF bi-directional cross-band repeater. Frequencies are 146.460 and 446.025, and both are simplex, and no tone is required. You can transmit on either band, and it will repeat on the other band. If you have a dual-band radio, you can listen to yourself if you are within range. If you turn the volume up too high, however, you'll get audio feedback. So far it's worked from almost to Marysville to the north; to Dwight to the south, and Junction City to the west. None of us have been east yet. More detailed reports are on the web site. Please send me your reports!

Future planned (and hoped for) configurations will be packet (not APRS) on VHF, "something" on the 220 band, and a UHF repeater that will eventually have one of the MMDVM modems on it so it can be used as a Fusion, D-Star, DMR, or other digital voice repeater. I already have a second site selected where I can install more equipment so someday I hope to learn about linking repeaters. More details are on the web site.

This isn't just for me to learn -- I want to share what I learn and I want others to be able to learn as well. I'm open to ideas for configurations and tests. I'm open to installing other equipment. I'm open to showing others what's going on. However, a full-club field-trip might not be appreciated by the Buchanans. And right now, there's really nothing to see. I will put photos on the web site, however. If I do anything worthy of showing, I'm open to doing a show-and-tell at a club meeting someday.

Farren, KBØAZJ

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ECHO Link News from Dave, KDØAZG

I have made repairs to the radio and PA for the Echo link server. I have made some changes on how to access nodes, should you want to DTMF a Echo link node. You must enter 1*, then your Node number. We were having trouble with other DTMF codes being broadcast on the KLINK that made a connection on our Echo link server. By adding in the 1*, this should help resolve this issue.

Remember, ECHO link is a no-tone operation, so should you connect with someone calling CQ via ECHO LINK, please disengage your tone. Enjoy.


About Our Club

The Manhattan, Kansas Amateur Radio Society (MAARS) was formed on July 7, 1976. The purpose of the club is to advance amateur radio in the Manhattan area. Since the beginning, the club has been active in different aspects of amateur radio, packet radio, satellites, community activities, ARRL Field Day, and amateur radio classes. Also, many club members have been very involved through the years with emergency communications and storm spotting. The club operates under the authority and guidelines of our Constitution.


  • Christmas Party
  • Field Day
  • Picnic/Auction
  • Program
  • Publicity
  • Repeater
  • RFI

    To learn more about a committee or to volunteer, please contact the president.

  • Contacting Us

  • MAARS Facebook Page
  • MAARS Google Group
  • PO BOX 613 Manhattan, KS 66505-0613

  • Meetings

    Meetings are now in the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave., on the usual schedule of second Fridays. Check Upcoming Events below to confirm details for the next meeting.


    Manhattan Weekly Net

  • Tuesdays at 8 P.M.
  • KSØMAN repeater, 147.255+ MHz
  • All amateurs (technician and above) are welcome to check in.
  • Following the net, we have the swap net. You can buy or sell any items found in the shack.
  • On-air negotiating is not permitted during the swap net.

    Tuesday Net Control Calendar

    1st WeekDave Mills, KDØAZG
    2nd Week  Jim Foster, KSØVO
    3rd WeekRyan Benteman, ADØTZ
    4th WeekJon Klimek, KEØLHK
    5th WeekAshley Benteman, KEØIQV

    Members who would like to try being net control can e-mail Ryan Benteman, or Jim Foster

  • Officers – Nov. 2018

    President Ryan Benteman, ADØTZ
    Vice-President Mike Asbury, W9MPA
    Treasurer Suzanne Asbury, WØMMA
    Secretary Ashley Benteman, KEØIQV


    Located 1.5 miles south of Manhattan, Kansas, the MAARS repeater is at the KSDB site near K-177. The controller is an S-Com 7K. The repeater runs 10 watts output to a commercial antenna at 110 feet. Coverage as far east as Topeka and as far west as Abilene is common. The input frequency is 147.855 MHz, and the output frequency is 147.255 MHz. The repeater callsign is KSØMAN. The repeater is an open repeater, and may be accessed by any properly-licensed amateur.

    Users of the KSØMAN repeater should be familiar with the autopatch procedures and other guidelines.

    Visit the Kansas Amateur Repeater Council page for a comprehensive list of Kansas repeaters. (Click on RPT Directory.)

    Manhattan Area Repeaters
    CallsignFreq./OffsetOpen/ClosedPL ToneNotes
    147.315 +
    open162.2Ft. Riley / J.C.
    444.525 +
    open162.2Alma to Clay Center & Lawrence (map)
    147.255 +
    open88.5autopatch, wx net
    145.410 -
    444.175 +

    Upcoming Events 2019


    • The HyVee Cafe is becoming a Saturday event for local amateurs, reports Jason Johnson, KBØEOD.
    • 7:00 A for breakfast
    • 601 North 3rd Place



    • Tuesday, March 19, 7:00 P.M.
    • Wareham Opera House, 410 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan
    • presented by the National Weather Service and Riley County Emergency Management